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Hightened tension in Niger Delta as militants declare war on army

Niger Delta Avengers

The recent attack by militants on an oil facility in Delta state, despite the ongoing military operation in the region has been viewed by some Nigerians as an affront to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Several Nigerians have reacted to the declaration of “Operation Crocodile Tears” in the Niger Delta region, by an Urhobo militant group, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Movement (NDGJM) in the early hours of today, August 30.

The Urhobo militant group said the launch of its operation was in response to the ongoing military Operation Crocodile Smile being carried out by the Nigerian Army in the Niger Delta region.

The group also promised an “eye for an eye; for every military atrocity carried out in the creeks and hinterland of the Niger Delta, by the Nigerian armed forces.

It said: “To this end, we are alerting all those working in the UQCC/UPS Erhomukokwarien in Ughelli, Eriemu Pigging Manifold in Agbarha, Otorogun Gas Plant, Olomoro Flow Station, Warri Refinery, Port Harcourt Refinery, Eleme, OB-OB and Obite gas plants in Omoku to evacuate because what is coming to those facilities are beyond what anybody has seen before.

“We do not want innocent blood being spilled, therefore, we advise all indigenes living in the vicinities of the facilities to relocate for the time being.

But mixed reactions have trailed the declaration of war on the military by the militants.

Some Nigerians have urged the group to retract its steps, warning that their actions could incur the wrath of the Nigerian army which could lead to suffering of people in the region.

However, others urged the group to carry on their threats, claiming that the northern elites also did same to the Jonathan administration by frustrating him out of office.

 

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